Monday, 17 December, 2018

California won't participate in U.S. border security operation

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Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 05:39

Last week, Governor Brown committed to sending hundreds of guard members to the border to assist with public safety.

The Associated Press reports that California instructed officials it would not permit its troops operate radios and mend vehicles, run surveillance cameras that are remotely managed to document suspicious actions, to mend or present & ldquo;mission aid.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said "state officials have not rejected anything" since Brown proposed a formal agreement Wednesday with the Homeland Security and Defense Departments that prohibits any involvement in immigration.

But Brown reportedly insisted that California's troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.

Ron Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said Brown had declined the initial roles put forward for Guardsmen.

Other border state governors, though, have supported Trump's plans to deploy the National Guard to the border.

President Donald Trump's administration's initial plan for the Guard deployment involves too much immigration-related work, California said, according to The Associated Press, which cited two USA officials with knowledge of the discussions.

'The governor has determined that what we have asked for so far is unsupportable, ' Vitiello told reporters. "I do believe that the governor tried to find a way to make sure we address critical needs and concerns that California would have when it comes to protecting our border", said Becerra at a press conference Monday afternoon. So far, funding for Trump's wall proposal has not passed Congress.

The order would eventually see about 4,000 Guardsman along the border, which spans four U.S. states. Almost 250 were in Arizona, more than 60 in New Mexico and about 650 in Texas.

Vitiello said Guardsmen would most likely not be armed, but individual states might allow the carrying of a weapon in certain missions. "The next step is for the federal government to respond by signing the Memorandum of Agreement", per a statement released by the California National Guard.

Several cities including Los Angeles are "sanctuary cities" that require local law enforcement agencies not to tell federal agents about residents' legal status.

Discussions between Sacramento and federal officials hit a roadblock over the weekend, when state authorities refused to agree to let guardsmen do vehicle maintenance and other jobs outlined in an initial federal plan, according to the AP's report.